Dan W. Brown is a Missouri state senator representing the 16th District, made up of Camden, Crawford, Dent, Phelps, and Pulaski counties. He is a first-term Republican member of the Missouri Senate. From 2008 to 2010, he represented the 149th district in the Missouri House of Representatives.
Personal Life of Dan W. Brown
Dan Brown was born in Solo, Missouri, on December 22, 1950. He graduated from Houston (Missouri) High School and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Missouri-Columbia. He graduated Summa Cum Laude with a Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine from the University Of Missouri College Of Veterinary Medicine in Columbia, Missouri.
Brown has been a veterinarian for over 33 years and continues his practice when he’s not conducting legislative duties. He and his wife Kathy live in Rolla, Missouri. They have a son and a daughter: Justin Brown and Danette Sherrell.
Political Career of Dan W. Brown
In 2008, Brown entered statewide politics and defeated Democrat Wayne Bledsoe and Constitution Party candidate Dennis E. Husted to win the 149th District seat. He won 60 percent of the vote. After serving one term in the Missouri House of Representatives, Brown decided to run for the state senate in 2010. Brown took over 58 percent of the vote to defeat incumbent Democrat Frank Barnitz and win the 16th District seat.
During the 96th General Assembly, Brown serves as the chairman of the Appropriations committee and the vice-chairman of the Senate Interim Committee on Labor Reform. In addition, he’s a member of the Missouri Veterans Commission and the following committees: General Laws, Veterans and Military Affairs, Joint Committee on Legislative Research, Joint Committee on Life Sciences, and the Joint Committee on Public Assistance.
Brown has sponsored a number of bills, including SB 555, which would repeal the law pertaining to the prevailing wage; SB 556, which would specify when motorcyclists and motor-tricycles must wear protective headgear; SB 557, which would create a tax credit for contributions to specific charitable organizations; and SB 775, which would extend the sunset on certain healthcare provider reimbursement allowance taxes.
In 2015, Brown sponsored HB 116, the “right to work” bill. The bill would make it a crime for employers to require workers to become labor organization members or refrain from becoming labor organization members. Later that year, the Missouri House of Representatives failed to adopt a motion to override the governor’s veto, and the bill didn’t pass.
Brown later sponsored a nearly identical bill, SB 19. Though all Senate Democrats opposed the bill, Senate Republicans passed it in January 2017. Missouri Gov. Eric Greatens signed it into law the following month.
In addition to attending the First Christian Church in Rolla, Brown holds charter memberships in Paseo Biofuel and Mid-Missouri Energy. He’s also a member of the American Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Veterinary Medical Association, Missouri Farm Bureau, Missouri Farmers Association (MFA), the Rolla Area Chamber of Commerce, Quail Forever, and the Missouri Republican Party. He’s also a Lifetime Member of the National Rifle Association.